- India scored 487 in the first innings
- Sri Lanka scored 135 in the first innings
- SL is on 19-1 in the second innings
The Indian team destroyed the Sri Lankan bowling and batting units on Day 2 of the third test match to put them in the driver’s seat. Scoring 487 in the first innings, India dismissed the hosts for a meager 135 before picking up another wicket in the second innings to restrict them to 19-1 at the end of the day after having enforced the follow on. Earlier in the day, Hardik Pandya scored his maiden test century for India.
Indian batsman Hardik Pandya impressed with his performance on Sunday as he scored his maiden Test century against Sri Lanka as he played a blockbuster of an innings. He achieved the feat in just his third match and notched up his century in just 86 balls. Clean hitting by him saw him race to a 100 in which he also broke the record for the most number of runs scored in a test match by an Indian, as he got 26 from just one over. His century was also the fastest by an Indian cricketer at the number eight position, courtesy of hit seven sixes and eight fours during his knock. Resuming the day at 329-6, Pandya’s knock helped take India to a mammoth 487.
Demoralized by Pandya’s exploits, the Sri Lankan batsmen had much work to do. It was, however, the same dismal tale for them as they continued their poor batting performance from the entire series. Kuldeep Yadav who was drafted in for the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, picked up four wickets as the Indian bowling line-up blew away the Lankans for just 135. Trailing by 352 runs, India decided to enforce the follow-on and were successful in picking up a wicket in the second Sri Lankan inning before the end of the play.
Leading 2-0 in the series, India will be looking to go all in and end the match on Day 3 itself and complete a 3-0 whitewash in the series.